Getting to Know Mario Rossi Owner of Rossovivo Restaurant
Mario Rossi, the energetic owner of Rossovivo Italian Restaurant in Chalong grew up in one of Italy’s foremost restaurant-owning families and has amazing experience and credentials. Little wonder that Rossovivo is becoming known as one of the finest restaurants in Phuket.
What Background do you bring to running hotels and restaurants?
I was born in 1972 and grew up in a famous Italian restaurant-owning family. My parents owned “Il Giardinetto” one of the best known and highly awarded restaurants in the Como region of Lombardia. Being immersed in this culture I gravitated towards hospitality as a career and attended the famous Bellaggio School in Como, one of Italy’s best known hotel schools.Upon graduation I went on to work at the Hilton in London, then from 2001 onwards at the world famous Villa D’Este Hotel on Lake Como as Chef de Rang. I also worked at the Palace in St. Moritz before my mother suggested that we go it alone again.We launched three restaurants after that plus a wine cellar in Cernobbio Moltrasio which achieved great success. We had as customers such visiting stars as George Clooney and Jon Bon Jovi and we also catered for them in their villas.
How did you come to open a restaurant in Phuket?
I first came on holiday to Phuket in 1996 and fell in love with it like so many others! I also fell in love with my Thai partner and started splitting my time between Como and Phuket, but decided to move here in 2008. I launched La Dolce Vita restaurant in Patong which became the highest rated Italian restaurant in Phuket on Trip Advisor.After my daughter was born in 2011, I decided to make my permanent home and bought a house in Rawai. Eventually I sold most of my shares in La Dolce Vita and subsequently took over Rossovivo in October 2014 in the charming Fisherman Way Gardens, next to Makro in Chalong.
What is your vision for Rossovivo?
I’ve brought in my friend Guido Orben to be the Head Chef. He has a global reputation as an extremely fine Italian Chef having won many awards and written the definitive book about Italian food in Japan where he worked for many years. Together we have boosted the quality of the cuisine we offer, plus introduced good value business lunches for just 290 baht including a beverage.Also we now offer many daily specials to keep the basic menu fresh, featuring the best seasonal produce and ingredients and we have introduced ongoing promotions such as our recent “Taste of Veneto” menus.
Everything we serve is fresh, healthy and prepared with style. All our pasta is home-made; the pizzas are prepared in a wood-fired oven and all the cheeses are imported from Italy
So what’s the Rossovivo Experience?
As we have a lovely indoor/outdoor setting overlooking the fountain and gardens at Fisherman Way, we make the most of our relaxed and friendly setting to give our customers not only fine authentic Italian cuisine, but an exceptionally genuine experience. We want people to have a good time so we serve big glasses of good Italian wine for just 130 baht or bottles starting from 990 baht.Our staff is friendly and attractive and we have the pleasure of welcoming many customers back on a regular basis.